Over time, our faces inevitably begin exhibiting the signs of age. The skin loses its elasticity, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, even jowling. If you have noticed any of these visible signs of aging and have been discouraged by the disappearance of your youthful appearance, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. This is one of the most popular plastic surgery solutions, specifically aimed at restoring a youthful and radiant facial appearance.

At Schoemann Plastic Surgery, we have over 10 years of experience performing facelifts for women and men in the Oceanside, CA area. We are always happy to provide more information on the facial rejuvenation options available at our practice.

So, What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to correct visible signs of facial aging. Facelifts are generally sought by patients who have deep wrinkles, fine lines, or notable sagging of the skin, including the skin along their jawline, chin, or cheeks. During your facelift, our own Dr. Schoemann will smooth the skin, pull it tight, and provide an altogether more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Note that, depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Schoemann might recommend pairing your facelift with related procedures, such as brow lifts.


Meet Oceanside’s Cosmetic Facial Surgeon, Dr. Schoemann

Dr. Schoemann is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon whose top priorities include patient comfort, patient safety, and aesthetic results. At the outset of his career, Dr. Schoemann worked with small children, performing craniofacial surgery to improve their quality of life. This experience helped him master the most meticulous of cosmetic surgeries and gain the skills needed to work with the intricacies of delicate facial structures.

In addition to his board certifications, Dr. Schoemann holds memberships with the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Benefits of Getting a Plastic Surgery

There are a number of benefits you can expect when you have a facelift performed by Dr. Schoemann. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • Improvement of sagging skin on your face
  • Improvement to areas that have lost volume, such as sunken cheeks
  • Reduction or elimination of deep wrinkles, creases, and fine lines, including those around the mouth and those around the eyes
  • Removal of a double chin, sometimes known as the “turkey neck”
  • Removal of jowls
  • Improvement to your self-confidence
  • An overall more youthful and refreshed facial appearance

How Do I Know if a Facelift is Right for Me?

The best way to determine your eligibility for a facelift procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schoemann. During this appointment, Dr. Schoemann will examine your face and skin, ask some questions about your medical history, and provide you with more information about the facelift procedure.

The best candidates for a facelift:

  • Wish for a smoother, tighter, or more youthful facial appearance
  • Are in good health overall
  • Are not smokers or are willing to give up smoking
  • Have realistic expectations about their facelift results

It is Perfect For

If you have started noticing visible signs of facial aging, then you may be a great candidate for a facelift. A facelift will help you:

  • Achieve results that look natural
  • Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles across your face
  • Look as young as you feel (many patients say that their facelift helps them look 10 years younger)
  • Get rid of sagging skin, including the skin that causes jowling or a double chin
  • Address sunken cheeks, restoring lost volume

It is Not So Perfect For

While facelifts can provide significant results, they will not address all your signs of facial aging. For example, most facelifts address the lower two-thirds of the face. If you are primarily concerned with your forehead or brow, you may wish to ask Dr. Schoemann about alternative procedures, such as the brow lift.

Do I Have to Be at Least 18 to Get a Facelift?

Technically, you only need to be 18 to get a facelift. Keep in mind that this procedure is intended to address the signs of facial aging. As such, we only recommend it for patients who have started noticing signs of premature aging on their faces.


Facial Surgical Techniques to Consider

Every face is unique. As such, there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to facial surgery. For each patient, Dr. Schoemann develops a customized clinical plan to address specific needs and goals.

Depending on the patient, Dr. Schoemann might recommend the full facelift, mid-facelift, lower facelift, or mini facelift.

Full Facelift

The full facelift is the most popular option, and it is also the one that will offer the most improvement. With this procedure, Dr. Schoemann creates an incision near the hairline that extends down to the temple region. This allows him to pull tight the underlying facial tissues and muscles.

Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is typically best for patients who would like to focus on improvements to their cheek area. This method addresses the areas around the cheekbones and upper jaw by lifting sagging or sunken skin. It can also address the lower part of the face, specifically by eliminating the jowls.

Lower Facelift

The lower facelift is a good option for patients who wish to address the jowls, chin, or upper part of the neck. Note that non-surgical treatments like Kybella® are also available, but a lower facelift will offer the most substantial results.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift involves tinier incisions, typically made just behind the ears. It is a good option for patients who want surgical rejuvenation but whose needs are minor or limited.

How Can We Help You?

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Oceanside, CA?

As you consider getting a facelift, it is only natural to have some questions about the cost. The cost of a facelift can vary depending on several different factors. During your consultation, Dr. Schoemann will provide a full breakdown of pricing considerations.

The factors that impact the cost of a facelift include:

The Surgeon’s Fees

Dr. Schoemann’s fee will depend on the specific type of facelift procedure that is used. This will be discussed during your consultation.

The Facilities

Because we have our own AAAASF-accredited surgery center, Schoemann Plastic Surgery can manage the overall costs more precisely as compared to having surgery in a hospital setting.

Anesthesia

We provide anesthesia via an on-site anesthesiologist, ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the process.

Prescription Medications

Medications such as painkillers and antibiotics will be needed during your recovery and will contribute to the total cost of your procedure.

Total Cost of a Facelift in Oceanside, CA

Based on all the above factors, a facelift in Oceanside may cost between $8,000 – $10,000.


The Facelift Procedure Process

Here is a general outline of what you can expect from your facelift journey:

The Consultation

During the initial appointment, Dr. Schoemann will qualify you for surgery, answer your questions, and ensure a surgical plan that addresses your needs and goals.

Preparing for the Facelift

There are several steps you will need to take to prepare for your facelift procedure, including:

  • Arrange to have a ride to and from the surgery.
  • Ensure you have someone to help you at home for the first 24-48 hours of your recovery.
  • Stop smoking and using tobacco products.
  • Make any changes Dr. Schoemann directs you to make regarding medications or supplements.

How Long Does a Facelift Take to Complete?

While the duration of a facelift can vary depending on the patient and on the procedure type, you can expect that your facelift will last between two and four hours.

Will Getting a Facelift Hurt During the Procedure?

At Schoemann Plastic Surgery, one of our top priorities is patient comfort. Anesthesia will be provided to ensure that you do not experience any pain during surgery. You may notice some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, but pain medications will be available to minimize your pain.


Facelift Recovery and Expectations

Your initial recovery will take 10 to 14 days. During this time, we recommend staying home from work and taking a break from your normal activities, especially strenuous exercise. You can anticipate some swelling and bruising, which will subside on its own. Because of the swelling, it may be a month or more before you get a clear sense of your final results.

Will I Need to Get Another Facelift in the Future?

While facelifts provide long-lasting results, they will not stop the aging process or freeze your face in time. You can extend your results by ensuring a healthy skincare routine and by protecting your face from the sun.

What Are Some Other Things to Consider When Scheduling My Facelift Consultation?

As you plan for your own facelift procedure, here are a few additional considerations to make.

Are There Any Risks to Getting a Facelift?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, and facelifts are no exception. Some of the most significant risks include reactions to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, and unfavorable scarring. Choosing a qualified board-certified surgeon is a great way to minimize the risks.

Should I Really Get a Facelift? Will I Really Look Good or Notice the Difference?

Ultimately, only you can decide whether getting a facelift is worth it. Depending on your goals and on the signs of aging you have experienced, a facelift may offer subtle or even dramatic results.

Are There Any Other Facelift Alternatives to Achieve the Results I Am Looking For?

As you consider the options for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Schoemann will be happy to talk with you about less invasive options, including injectables. These approaches do not offer the same substantial results as a facelift, but they may be welcomed by patients who do not wish to go under anesthesia or go through a prolonged recovery time.


Schedule a Facelift Consultation at Schoemann Plastic Surgery Today!

If you live in the Oceanside area and you are ready to find out if a facelift is right for you, we invite you to contact Schoemann Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation. Contact us at (760) 487-2520.